From city hall to elementary school, kids can walk, ride or even drive in a city just their size. "It's like being in little Lubbock or downtown Lubbock." This miniature Lubbock is better known as Safety City. Built in 1993, it's designed to teach kids safety skills and let them put those skills to the test.
Charlie Madgwick is the director of Safety City. He and his staff teach 6,000 students each year. From the classroom to the city just outside these kids learn lessons that could save their lives. Madgwick says, "We practice walking on crosswalks and they learn where to practice the hand signals. They get in the car. They take off and they have to stop and stop signs and red lights. If they have someone crossing in front of them, they have to learn to yield to pedestrians and that sort of thing."
This summer, Safety City is combining those skills and much more into a week-long camp for first through sixth graders. "We're going to be going on five or six field trips. Some of the places we're going to be going are the Science Spectrum, Animal Shelter and the fire stations. Then I've got guest speakers coming in." The schedule includes fingerprinting with the Lubbock Police Department, learning bus safety, a visit to the Animal Shelter, daily dips in the pool and much more.
Safety City camp is June 21st-25th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It's $50 per child. You must pre-register by June 17th. Just go by Safety City between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. to register your child. It's located in Clap Park at 46th and Avenue U. Or you can call first at (806) 767-2712. For more information about Safety City ( click here ).